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From: RhondaPacificNW
Date: 04-08-2006, 11:59 PM (1 of 15)
Hi To All,
New to boards. Wondering if anyone has just in general any helps, hints, tips for working with terry cloth fabric, and in particular any advice to give concerning the following -

1. I cut out, no big deal, nothing fancy, just one and a half dozen family wipes and what a mess! Even now, every time I move the stack of wipes waiting to be finished, little pieces of terry cloth crumbs still continue to drop/fall off. :shock: Any tips for keeping things tidy/clean as you go when cutting/working with terry cloth?

2. I goofed and didn't leave enough room for fold over seam allowance. I don't mind if the wipes have a serged finished type of edge but I don't have a serger. Any ideas on other than going it zig zag twice around the block what other type of stitch/stitches (if any) might work well for finishing off the edges? :nc:

3. For a future project - Wondering how french terry fabric compares to/differs from standard terry cloth? If it sheds just as much, is it the same kind of messy to work with?

Thanks, Rhonda
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From: carman
Date: 04-09-2006, 12:22 AM (2 of 15)
when i our expert sewers see this i am sure they will have the answers, i just wanted to welcome you to the boards and glad you found us
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 04-09-2006, 05:11 AM (3 of 15)
I have never worked with a terrycloth that didn't make a mess. Make sure you clean your machine often. To finish the edge you could do a satin stitch all the way around. I would make it as wide as you can & fold the edge under slightly like a rolled hem. I hope this helps. I love terry but don't like the mess.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-09-2006, 09:19 AM (4 of 15)
I was going to say exactly what Barb said.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 04-09-2006, 09:48 AM (5 of 15)
Great minds think alike!
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-09-2006, 10:24 AM (6 of 15)
My only concern is that sometimes with something like a satin stitch if it is really straight along the edge it falls between the same two threads for a ways and with a raveley fabric it might pull off. I don't worry about such things for myself because I rarely do any stitch really straight.
Still I think it might be the best solution.
Barb -- I don't mind sharing your great mind -- just so long as I don't have to share all those kids!
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From: paroper
Date: 04-09-2006, 12:43 PM (7 of 15)
Well, I was also thinking satin stitching. If you were concerned about the ravel or pulling, you could either use seam binding or better still, just do some bias srips of inexpensive, colorful fabric and bind the edges yourself. That would certainly take care of any pulls or other problems. I have seen purchased wash cloths with the bound edges.

Unfortunately, the mess is a necessary part of working with terry. (Other fabrics have their own problems). When you cut the terry, you cut the loops and that's where the mess comes from.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: esrun3
Date: 04-09-2006, 07:25 PM (8 of 15)
Welcome to the boards! I, too, without a serger available would satin stitch the edges or use seam binding. Good luck-and terry cloth is always a mess! LOL
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From: bridesmom
Date: 04-10-2006, 12:08 AM (9 of 15)
I made a ankle length robe in grey terrycloth for my 6'5 son in law and had terry cloth fuzzies everywhere in the house as I had to cut it on the floor. One tip is, throw it into the dryer with a damp washcloth, the fuzzies seem to get stuck in the lint trap and make sure you clean out the trap after!!!!! I just finished a jean jacket in corduoroy and same thing, fuzzies everywhere. What a mess! Oh, almost forgot, Welcome Rhonda!!! I'm really glad to see another PNWester on line!
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From: bluebirdie
Date: 04-10-2006, 02:14 PM (10 of 15)
And I thought there's something wrong with my cutting skill when I made a mess with terry or courduroy...

I second on bias tape.

There seem no better solution than immediate cleaning. I usually have a small vacume, hand brush with pan, and 3M sticky rolls at the work area. After I finish cutting and sewing terry/courduroy and before I move away from the work area, I clean up all surface and myself. A few minutes of cleaning saves me a lot of time coz I don't have to deal with whole house of carpet or the dogs (sewing machine feed dog that is).
- Robin
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From: stephi
Date: 04-24-2006, 02:54 PM (11 of 15)
You dont love those little balls of cloth?? I use a lint roller :-) But my machine has a stich that comes out looking like this ^_^_^_^_ and I use that pulling the thread taught after I get around. I dont know that technichal names for my stiches I give them names like pretty V and ziggy straight?!
Anyhow I put the ^part pointing towards the inside.

Sorry Im not much help other than a lint roller, I will tell you that see through nail polish doesnt help any on the edges to keep them from shreading off :up:


With more info for your cornucopia of useless information

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From: patti2
Date: 04-25-2006, 08:23 AM (12 of 15)
I have made quite a few terry bibs. I finish the edges with a nice seam binding. It takes a bit longer to do, but I like the way they hold up in the wash.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 04-28-2006, 12:10 PM (13 of 15)
If I did not have a serger, I would certainly use bias binding.. I cannot think of anything else that would work as well.. I use terry a lot .. (baby bibs from fingertip towels) and the serger works wonderfully well for them..
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From: stephi
Date: 04-28-2006, 01:34 PM (14 of 15)
I want a serger :sad:

"No body knows what it is that I do until I dont do it"

"if you do what you have always done you will get what you have always gotten"
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From: mommydionne
Date: 05-10-2006, 07:21 PM (15 of 15)
You'd love it :dave:
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